Instant Replay: Texans crushed by Rams

Instant Replay: Texans crushed by Rams
October 13, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Texans came into the 2013 season with a Super Bowl-or-bust mentality.

Bust is clearly winning.

Entering Sunday with a 2-3 record after three straight losses, the Texans desperately needed to beat the lackluster Rams and they couldn’t, falling 38-13 in front of a restless crowd at Reliant Stadium. They were completely embarrassed in front of the home crowd.

But this time, Matt Schaub wasn’t the only problem. The quarterback has been one of the most criticized players in the league over the last few weeks. But his teammates deserve plenty of blame for Sunday’s loss to the rams.

Schaub was injured in the third quarter. While he was down, some fans cheered and the cheers got louder when T.J. Yates entered the game. Yates then threw an interception that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown.

On the Rams’ second drive of the game, Kareem Jackson was called for pass interference, which ended up being a 40-yard penalty. Corey Harkey caught a touchdown pass on a rollout from Sam Bradford for the first score of the game. On the ensuing drive, the Texans fumbled away the ball in the red zone, which led to a field goal.

The Texans trailed 17-6 at halftime.

The turning point
The Texans were driving down the field in the first quarter with a chance to tie the game 7-7. Schaub completed a pass to DeAndre Hopkins to get the Texans into the red zone but the rookie fumbled the ball away and the Texans didn’t get close the rest of the way.

What it means

The Texans are now 2-4 heading into the last game before the bye week and the season is in a complete free fall.

Key stat
Texans turnovers have now led to 75 points from the opposition this season. They gave up 17 off turnovers on Sunday.  

Offensive hero
At least Arian Foster showed up to play on Sunday. He finished with 141 yards rushing and had 98 in the first half. He had 144 total yards in the first half.

Offensive zero
Head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. The offense looked anemic.

Defensive hero
The Rams’ red zone defense beat up on the Texans. They forced three turnovers in the red zone and forced two field goals.

Defensive zero
The Texans’ pass rushers. The team didn’t get consistent pressure on Bradford and it showed.  

Did you know?
In the second quarter, Foster surpassed 5,000 rushing yards in his career. He tied Emmitt Smith as the 13th fastest to get there.
 
Who's next?
The Texans are on the road next Sunday to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a hostile environment. That’ll be the final game before the bye week for the Texans.

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